ICYMI: WH Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu Highlights How Biden-Harris Admin Is Delivering For Michigan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2022
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ICYMI: WH INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATOR MITCH LANDRIEU HIGHLIGHTS HOW BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN IS DELIVERING FOR MICHIGAN
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, White House Infrastructure Coordinator and Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu traveled to Saginaw, Michigan, to discuss the positive impact of the Biden-Harris agenda – including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which delivers investments to improve water infrastructure and ensure all Michiganders have access to safe, reliable drinking water. Landrieu was joined by state and local leaders, including Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and local mother and activist Nye Clark-Young, who thanked President Biden for delivering long-overdue investments to modernize Michigan infrastructure, lower costs for families, and create jobs in Saginaw and statewide.
The Biden-Harris Administration continues to deliver historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to communities across the country to rebuild and modernize America, replace lead pipes, improve roads and bridges, and invest in our clean energy future – all while creating millions of good-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree and making America more competitive in the 21st century.
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Michigan will receive $212.9 million in federal funding in its second installment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for water infrastructure. The money will be used to remove lead pipes, update water infrastructure and protect drinking water from harmful PFAS contamination. It will also be used to prevent flooding and improve wastewater collection and treatment to protect important waterways.
While in Saginaw Friday, Landrieu also announced the city would receive $15 million for a new water tower. City Manager Tim Morales says the water tower is needed to insure water service would not be interrupted in case of emergency. He says Saginaw’s water system serves roughly 173,000 residents (in Saginaw, Bay and Tuscola counties).
“The City of Saginaw is dedicated to providing safe, clean, reliable, drinking water to city residents, as well as to our 20 wholesale customer communities located in Saginaw County and portions of Bay and Tuscola Counties,” said Morales. “Our system is benefiting from federal investment, and we are pleased that the infrastructure dollars announced today will support other projects throughout Michigan for years to come, greatly improving the reliability and integrity of our state’s water supply systems.”
This funding will help to update water infrastructure, remove lead pipes, and protect drinking water from harmful per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination across the state. It will also help prevent flooding, collect and treat wastewater to protect public health, and safeguard vital waterways, including the Great Lakes, according to officials.
WEYI: Mid-Michigan NOW
“Mid-Michigan is getting some help to improve water infrastructure and ensure clean drinking water. Congressman Dan Kildee and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu were in Saginaw today to discuss federal funds to rebuild water systems, and they say it will help ensure that Michiganders have access to safe water. Saginaw is getting $15 million to build a new water tower. This is all part of the $212 million given to Michigan in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
WGTQ (ABC): UpNorth Live News
“Michigan is getting some help to improve water infrastructure and ensure clean drinking water. Congressman Dan Kildee and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu were in Saginaw today to discuss federal funds to rebuild water systems, aid they say will help ensure that Michiganders have access to safe water. […] The law aims to put Michiganders back to work replacing lead pipes and ensuring clean drinking water.”
Saginaw resident Nyesha Clark-Young is thrilled to see more funding earmarked for her community. “Here in Saginaw, Biden’s policies are giving us the opportunity for transformational change. Now, we’ve heard a lot about the need to invest in our infrastructure over the years, but President Biden is providing the means to get it done,” Clark-Young said.
WNEM: Weekend Wake-Up
“Saginaw is getting millions to invest in projects to improve the water supply serving multiple counties. The funding will go toward building a new elevated water tower thanks to $15 million in that federal funding for Saginaw. Now, the money is part of the $212 million for Michigan for water infrastructure improvements statewide through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Saginaw’s city manager tells us this is great for everyone who uses Saginaw’s water in the county and parts of Bay and Tuscola counties.”
“In the richest country in the world, access to safe, affordable and reliable drinking water should be a right,” said Congressman Kildee. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for mid-Michigan by improving our water infrastructure, ensuring access to clean drinking water and creating thousands of good-paying union jobs. In Congress, I will continue working to bring federal resources home to mid-Michigan.”